These seminars are open to Oxford research students and Faculty members working in international law as well as to visiting scholars. The seminars offer an opportunity for members of the Oxford PIL research community to present their work - at various stages - to fellow students and academics in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

During the COVID-19 lock down, seminars will be held remotely. Usually these seminars are held weekly in term time, on Wednesday mornings from 09.30 to 10.30, in the Wharton Room in All Souls College. Each week a researcher makes a brief presentation on the subject of his or her research and the topic is then opened for discussion. This is one of the liveliest and most searching forums for discussion of international law in the University, and is an excellent way of keeping up to date in the subject and honing analytical and presentation skills.

Trinity Term 2020 Schedule: 

Week 1: 29 April - cancelled

Week 2: 6 May
Natasha Holcroft-Emmess: Derogations under Human Rights Treaties

Week 3: 13 May
Eleni Methymaki (St Catherine's College)
Domestic Legislation and Standing at the European Court of Human Rights

Week 4: 20 May 
Gayathree Kalliyat Thazhathuveetil (Somerville College)
State Responsibility for ECHR Violations in De Facto Regimes

Week 5: 27 May
Hannes Jöbstl (University College)
Intra-Party Violence and the Protective Scope of International Humanitarian Law

Week 6: 3 June
Talita de Sousa and Antonio Coco
Cyber Due Diligence in International Law

Week 7: 10 June
Manu Sanan
The Evolving Agreement-Making Capacity of Sub-National Units

Week 8: 13 June
Vanshaj Jain (Somerville College)
The Ambulation of Baselines in the Law of the Sea
Hilary Term 2020 Schedule: 

Week 1: 22 January
Tsvetelina van Benthem (Merton College)
Accidents in Armed Conflict under International Criminal  Law

Week 2: 29 January
Miles Jackson
Legality and Legitimacy in State Killing

Week 3: 5 February
Mark Janis
The trials and tribulations of the alien tort statute

Week 4: 12 February
Jessup Moot students. Please note this session will start at 9.30am and end at 11.00am

Week 4: Thursday 13 February -  Jesus College: 5.00 - 6.30pm
Navy students

Week 5: 19 February
Emilie McDonnell (Hertford College)
Compatibility of the EU Visa Regime and Carrier Sanctions with the Right to Leave in International Law

Eleni Methymaki (St Catherine's College)
Domestic Legislation and Standing at the European Court of Human Rights

Week 7: 4 March - CONFIRMED
Alexander Wentker (Queen's College)
Multi-party conflicts: Party status and the concepts of armed conflicts

Week 8: 11 March
CANCELLED due to industrial action

Michaelmas Term 2019:

Week 1: 16 October
INTRODUCTION - Welcoming session

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess (Keble College) ​​
Derogating from Obligations to Protect Human Rights

Vanshaj Jain (Somerville College) 
Warming Waters, Frozen Frontiers: Sea-Level Rise and Maritime Boundaries

Hannes Jöbstl (University College) 
The Legal Framework for the Imposition of Accountability onto Armed Non-State Actors: The Case of the Obligation to Investigate and Prosecute War Crimes

Week 2: 23 October
INTRODUCTION - Welcoming session continued

Gayathree Kalliyat Thazhathuveetil (St Cross College) 
Determining Responsibility for Internationally Wrongful Acts of Contested Territories 

Xiao Mao (Brasenose College)
Impartiality in International Adjudication​

Manu Sanan (Lady Margaret Hall)The Evolving Role of Sub-national Units in International Law

Week 3: 30 October

Follow up questions to Manu Sanan’s presentation on The Evolving Role of Sub-national Units in International Law
Alexander Wentker (Queen's College) 
Parties to Armed Conflicts in International Law – Cooperation and the allocation of obligations 
Eirini Fasia (St Anne's College)
The QT Assessment Experience. Do's and Don'ts
Week 4: 6 November
Anna Ventouratou (Wadham College)
The WTO Security Exceptions and Defences under the Law of State Responsibility

Week 5: 13 November
Xuan Shao (Queen's College) 
General Principles of Law and Equity?

Week 6: 20 November
Katie Johnston  (St Edmund Hall)
Changing Custom and the Structure of Legal Rules​

Week 7 & Week 8  - Due to  UCU strike action taking place from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December, these two seminar have been cancelled.

Monday Week 9: 9 December
Sotirios-Ioannis Lekkas (St Anne's College)
Duality of Responsibility in International Law